The Ravens completed their mandatory mini-camp this week in Owings Mills and their starting left guard, second-year player Kelechi Osemele joined Zinno for a few minutes to talk football. Osemele was overjoyed at being a rookie who was fortunate enough to win the Super Bowl in his first year. Osemele played several different positions last year and he thinks it will benefit him this year. “It’s only gonna help you, as many reps as you can get. Guys go down, people get injured – it was definitely good to get different looks at different spots,” said Osemele.

Osemele has settled into the right guard this season and he says he is very comfortable there and has learned a lot from run-game coordinator, Juan Castillo. He lamented the loss of fullback Vonta Leach, who was cut earlier this week. “It’s a huge loss. Every time you have a hammerhead like him at fullback, it allows us to be physical. It’s definitely an impact in the run and pass game,” Osemele said.

Despite he’s only been in the league one year, Osemele sees the changes in quarterback Joe Flacco. Osemele said, “He’s definitely stepped up as far as leadership goes. He’s a lot more vocal in the huddle. He’s taken it upon himself to be the leader this year with Ray Lewis moving on.”

As far as his own aspirations for the 2013 season, Osemele summed it up in one word, “Pro-Bowl.”

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